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Regular Meeting – September 18, 2023

September 18, 2023 @ 9:00 am 11:00 am

We’ll hear presentations from Ryan Duncan, Director of Government Relations at SMR developer Last Energy, and Ryan Umstattd, VP of Product & Partnerships at fusion developer Zap Energy. We will also entertain questions and comments from members of the public and address other commission business.

<< Previous meeting August 7, 2023     Next meeting October 2, 2023 >>


Meeting video transcript

Ryan Duncan of Last Energy presentation slide deck and supplemental correspondence.

Meeting minutes (APPROVED): PDF


Quorum requirement. We require six (6) commission members in attendance to have a quorum.

91A notice. Group email communications constituting a quorum of commission members are subject to 91A requests. Please email the Chair directly to communicate with the group.

Remote access. Commission members are encouraged to attend in person. Guests and members of the public are invited to attend either in person or via Zoom using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86283464890

Please note. If attending in person, please arrive a few minutes early to get checked through security. There is ample parking in the main lot.

Agenda Items

  1. Approve minutes of the August 7 meeting.
  2. Opportunity for public input. Pass sign-in sheet.
  3. Presentation w/ Q&A – 45 minutes

    Ryan Duncan is the Director of Government Relations at Last Energy. Last Energy is an American commercial developer specializing in small modular nuclear power plants that produce 20MWe. Adopting an energy-as-a-service model, the company handles everything from product design to operations and maintenance, aiming to simplify the nuclear energy industry. Last Energy has secured contracts to build reactors in Europe, totaling $18.9 billion, with plans to deploy its first 20-megawatt system by 2025.
  4. Presentation w/ Q&A – 45 minutes

    Ryan Umstattd, VP of Product & Partnerships at Zap Energy. Zap Energy is an American company working on fusion power using an innovative power generation method. Their technique compresses and confines plasma without using magnetic coils, aiming to be a more cost-effective approach to fusion energy. Since 2018, the company has generated fusion plasmas and is pursuing energy breakeven on their FuZE-Q platform, backed by several investors. He’ll explain the significant differences between fission and fusion technologies.
  5. Opportunity for additional public input
  6. Commission member discussion
  7. Old business
    • Interim report draft feedback.
    • Review of the Sep. 5 tour of Seabrook Station nuclear power plant.
  8. New business
    • Nuclear energy-related legislation filed in the NH House for 2024.
    • Next Meeting, Monday, October 2 at 9 a.m.
  9. Adjournment


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